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President Obama campaigns in Atlanta

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ATLANTA -- President Barack Obama made a campaign swing through Atlanta Tuesday with a pit stop at The Varsity.

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Air Force One landed at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport at about 11:20 a.m. The president shook hands with dignitaries as he stepped onto the tarmac. He also took a few moments to shake hands with well-wishers gathered at the airport before departing in his motorcade.

President Obama's motorcade stopped through Midtown Atlanta at the landmark Varsity Drive-In, where he answered the legendary call, "What'll ya have," by ordering five chili dogs, four hot dogs, a cheeseburger and five frosted orange drinks for his traveling staff, Mayor Kasim Reed and Reed's mother Sylvia Reed.

The president greeted a group of school children and some military personnel at the eatery before departing for his first fundraiser of his Atlanta swing.

President Obama arrived at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Downtown Atlanta for the first of two campaign appearances in Atlanta shortly after 1 p.m.

About 500 people attended a fundraising reception for the president at the Westin.

"I'm glad to be back in Atlanta," Obama told the crowd before aiming squarely at Republican rival Mitt Romney. "We don't need someone in the White House who is a pioneer in offshoring."

The president went on to say, "I've got a vision that says the way we're going to grow our economy is to put people back to work."

After his 20 minute long campaign speech, the president stepped behind closed doors for a more private reception before leaving Atlanta to fly to Miami.

The president is on a two-day, four-state campaign trip taking him into Romney's backyard. He was in New Hampshire on Monday before heading to Boston and then Atlanta and Miami on Tuesday.

The three fundraisers in Boston alone were expected to bring in more than $3 million.

(Associated Press)

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